Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Inquest ruled out over fall death

Coroner ruled out holding an inquest into the death of Samuel Hooks

A coroner has ruled out holding an inquest into the death of a man who plunged from the Cavehill in north Belfast.

Samuel Hooks, 41, from Cairngorm Crescent in Glengormley, fell from the landmark known as Napoleon's Nose in February. He suffered multiple injuries.

At Belfast Coroner's Court, coroner Brian Sherrard decided against a public hearing. He has consulted the police and examined their audio and DVD recordings.

"I am quite satisfied that there is no issue to be dealt with... that ought to be dealt with at inquest but cannot be dealt with in a private capacity," Mr Sherrard said.

"There should be no blame attached to anybody for Mr Hooks's untimely death."

He will issue a form instead.

"This is not a question of blame for anybody but rather this should be a matter of very deep regret," he added.

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